Monday, October 31, 2011

Sellwood Trolley Line, Furniture w/ a history!

I have been so honored to be selected by Endurawood to design the Limited Edition of the Sellwood Trolley Line. Furniture made from century old salvaged timbers of the Sellwood Street Car Barns here in Portland Oregon. The furniture will debute at Endurawood and at a Fabulous Pop Up store called BOYS FORT Grand Opening Nov. 3rd witht the Mayor of Portland arriving for the ribbon cutting Nov. 9th at 1pm PST. These are just two designs of a selection of seven. Own a peice of history! Even the railroad spikes were salvaged by a sweet friend of mine, 13yr old Gabrielle. Cheers! Shannon

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Shannon's Natural Salvage Room selected for Apartment Therapy Contest!

I need your help! My loft bathroom has been chosen as an entry for the 2012 Apartment Therapy color contest! The original flooring, scrap door wind window trim, the beer bottle recycled glass counter tops, the green NO VOC paint! It goes on and on! You can choose your favorite (please be mine, please be mine) through noon (EST) on November 21, 2011. The top rooms (receiving the highest number of "favorites") in each of the National divisions (North, South, East, West) will become our Regional finalist winners and will move on to the next round of voting to determine the Grand Prize winner. The top room (receiving the highest number of "favorites") in the International division as of November 21, 2011 will be our International winner. Help me spread the word of Sustainable color, and design. I don't win anything other than a HUGE pat on the back, which we all know once in a while that feels pretty darn good! Feel free to let the world know Shannon's Natural Salvage Room about your entry through email, Facebook and Twitter. Ask your friends, family and coworkers to help out by "favoriting" my bathroom, sharing it on Facebook and tweeting it to their followers to help my room make it to the final round.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Leaf It to Shannon

Here's a quick and FREE idea I did to add a little outdoors...inside. I did this for my previous television show, KOIN Studio 6.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Gather and Stack,Nature's Way

Fall season is the best source for quick and easy decorating. While walking my 14 year old dog, Blue I stuffed my pockets with nature's picks for a tabletop centerpiece. And since Blue is in retirement, he walks very very slow, plenty of time for me to look for outdoor decorating treasures. The only thing I did not enjoy...picking up after Blue. I had to bring that home too. No, it did not become any part of my indoor decorating! Cheers! Shannon

My halloween costume...A Piece of Paper

My all time favorite Halloween costume that I have made numerous times is my version of a piece of paper. I get a men's large t-shirt and with markers make lines and three dots acting as holes, velcro more pens on the sleeve and insto-presto it's the best conversation starter at all the parties... Have a BOO-tiful day! Shannon

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Salvage Best Friends!

As soon as my best friend Joanne Palmisano steps off the plane here in Portland Oregon (she lives in Shelburne Vermont) the camera starts flying. Even on the way home from the airport, she does the Dustin Hoffman Rain Man shots. You know, the snapping photos randomly while the car is speeding down the road. It never stops, just like Joanne. But in her flurry of photos and never ending of seeing beauty in the simple things of life, she captures some moments that most of us miss. One of my favorite shots she took recently is of my little lamb sitting pretty on my fireplace mantle. And if you want to see more of her amazing work check out her just released book! Salvage Secrets. My little lamb isn't in it, but many other parts of my house (The REX Project) are and I am so proud to be a part of it. And yep, you are seeing double, that's Joanne's twin sister Rosanne Palmisano (Joanne is in white) hanging out by my outdoor fireplace.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Jello Mold Wreath

I love wreaths! Why, because it's an endless way to be creative. One of my favorite ones I make is the combinatioin of a Jello-Mold and Hens and Chicks, referring to the plants of course. For full directions you can go to my column in The Oregonian, Type in Shannon Quimby under search and not only will you see this great idea but many more.

Old Globe Lights

I am starting to put together some holiday gifts for friends and family and these globe lights I made hopefully will put a smile on a face or two. All you need is some wire, beads, wire cutters, old glass globe and a candle. Have fun string the beads and twisting and turning to make shapes.

stacking milk glass display

Hopefully Martha Stewart won't find these milkglass vases collectible. If so, cafrabits (as my dad would say) because they are cheap, even free most of the time. I love scooping them up at garage sales and with a little sticky putty, have fun stacking them! You SO can do this too!

The One Sock Wonder!

That darn dryer! Why does it always eat the brand new socks, never the old ones with holes in them. No worries, I decided to make due with what I had leftover. Instant wrapping paper, a wine cozy, and dressed up vase of flowers!

Reclaimed Vanity Light Bar

I am always trying to save the under dog. Stuff that overflows at the thrift stores that we can't figure out what to do with. Prime example: Outdated bath vanity light bars. They are tossed out quicker than you can say "Toy Boat" ten times fast. Welp, I think I found a solution! I washed one with glass cleaner, and removed the wiring underneath. Added some candles and there ys have it. I super duper new lighted centerpiece! You can So do this too....peice of cake! Cheers! Shannon